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Refrigerators Buying Guide – FAQ

Your refrigerator says a lot about you. Top mount, bottom mount, side-by-side; each type is made to suit individual cooking styles & food storage needs.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I keep a stainless steel refrigerator clean?

You can buy special cleaning products made especially for stainless steel appliances; however, this is not a necessity. After cleaning the front of your fridge with a damp sponge, let the surface dry and then buff with a dry cloth. Fingerprints are a normal hassle when using a stainless steel fridge, so if you don’t want to clean the surface regularly, consider a white or black exterior. Some refrigerators come with a “stainless look,” where silver paint has been applied to the surface that is fingerprint-smudge resistant. These options are usually less expensive than stainless steel.


How do I know if I'm buying an energy efficient refrigerator?

Look for the EnerGuide label on the appliance. It lists a model's annual energy usage under normal conditions. Energy Star rated models are the most efficient.


Do water filters really work?

Water filters are designed to remove dirt, rust, chlorine, and some contaminants from the tap water used in the refrigerator's ice maker and water dispenser. To be effective, filters must be changed according to the manufacturer's directions. Some models of refrigerators have a built-in light that indicates when it is time to change the filter.


Does an ice and water dispenser need to be hooked up to my plumbing?

Yes, you will need plumbing installation to use this feature on your refrigerator. A waterline will need to run from a water source in your kitchen to the new unit. It is always recommended that you pay extra for professional installation to avoid any do-it-yourself mistakes when dealing with plumbing.


What is the difference between glass shelves and spill-proof shelves?

Easy-to-clean tempered glass shelves allow you to see the food stored in the back half of the refrigerator. A spill-proof shelf has a ledge around it to help prevent food and beverage spills from dripping off one shelf and onto another.


Which way should my refrigerator door(s) open?

Consider traffic flow in your kitchen when selecting a refrigerator. An open fridge door can block an entranceway or interfere with the operation of other appliances, such as stoves and dishwashers. Reversible doors can be adjusted to swing open to the right, or to the left. All top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerators are shipped right hand hinge only. Doors can be reversed by the customer or Sears' Service Department at an additional charge.